Alternative Careers for Lawyers

Politics and Local Government

Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Lenin, Abraham Lincoln, Barack and Hilliary, 25 out of 42 U.S. Presidents, 2 out of the last 5 Prime Ministers... all former lawyers. Since the 2010 general election, around 80 MPs are lawyers or have a law degree.

The skillset of a lawyer should lend itself to making a good parliamantarian: The ability to handle a brief at short notice, conduct meetings and effect good communication through presentation and advocacy, acting as a representative, understanding legislation and the legislative process, knowledge of the institutions of the state and its constitution, moulding solutions out of knotty issues, a public service ethic.

UK specific, does exactly what it says, and although not politics specific, has some useful guides.

Then there is 'Work for an MP': with listings and guides.

Contacting party political headquarters directly would reveal any of their available opportunities (see, and also local constituency offices. Also, see of course 'Civil Service' on the adjacent list, and the contacts thereon, e.g. Fast Stream.

For opportunities in government-funded public bodies (quangos) see

See for information on careers in local government and council vacancies.

Also, see 'Local Authority Lawyer'.

Local Government Association

Local Government House
Smith Square

Tel: 020 7664 3131

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